Yo La Tengo WFMU All-Request Marathon TODAY
March 17, 2017 10:48 PM   Subscribe

Yo La Tengo are once again playing requests for pledges beginning at 3pm US EDT TODAY (Sat March 18) on WFMU. Every year, Yo La Tengo perform requests live on-air in exchange for pledges, to help keep freeform noncommercial radio station WFMU (91.1 FM in Jersey City, NJ) on the air. This year is no exception. They will begin playing at 3pm US EDT today, and will be playing listener requests for several more hours.
posted by trashflow (35 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
 
Geez starting early this year arnt we?
posted by wheelieman at 11:16 PM on March 17


Well,

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I guess not.

Also: speeeeeding motorcycle!
posted by alex_skazat at 11:29 PM on March 17


Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald!
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 12:11 AM on March 18 [3 favorites]


The Night Chicago Died!
posted by thelonius at 12:33 AM on March 18


Aw man I'm gonna miss this one. I'll have to rely on your liveblogging, folks!
posted by ardgedee at 2:20 AM on March 18


They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!!
posted by jonmc at 4:18 AM on March 18


Alice's Restaurant!
posted by hippybear at 5:07 AM on March 18


No no, wait! Thick As A Brick!
posted by hippybear at 5:07 AM on March 18 [4 favorites]


This year's drive is important, since they lost an important fundraising bloc. The drive-time morning program decided to go all digital and left the station (very amicably).

They only run their pledge drive once a year, and it turns out internet streaming is a significant cost center for them. So listen up and pony up!
posted by drowsy at 5:18 AM on March 18


The one where they sang verses of other songs (including "I See A Darkness", "Baby's on Fire", and "Cortez the Killer" to the tune of "We Didn't Start the Fire" remains one of my favourite things.
posted by ITheCosmos at 5:32 AM on March 18 [5 favorites]


Sorry about the double post but I thought y'all would want to know that David Rees will write a song for you on the air starting at 9pm EDT
posted by drowsy at 5:32 AM on March 18


Oh gosh! I loves Yo La Tengo! And this is the only fundraiser ever! that I enjoy!

Guess I know what I'll be doing after 15:00
posted by james33 at 6:48 AM on March 18


OMG OMG OMG OMG FINALLY I KNOW ABOUT THIS *BEFORE* IT HAPPENS WOOOOOOOOOO
posted by rabbitrabbit at 6:54 AM on March 18 [7 favorites]


Every year and I'm still surprised I can't pick up WFMU on my actual radio from Queens.
posted by thecaddy at 9:03 AM on March 18


Set One
Huey "Piano" Smith / Dr. Feelgood - Little Liza Jane
Paul McCartney - Baby I'm Amazed
The Cosmic Rays (Sun Ra) - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie
Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song (Day O)
The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
posted by trashflow at 12:20 PM on March 18


Thanks, trashflow. I was counting on the playlist to update but it looks like they might have stopped...
posted by nixxon at 12:28 PM on March 18


Set Two
Dion - Runaround Sue
The Kinks - Stop Your Sobbing
Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream
Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love?
The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
posted by trashflow at 12:43 PM on March 18


I think they've done Runaround Sue on one of these before. They were great at it.
posted by roll truck roll at 12:53 PM on March 18


"Let's go to the bridge. Maybe I'll know a word there."
posted by roll truck roll at 1:12 PM on March 18 [1 favorite]


Set Three
George Harrison - What Is Life
Archie Bell & The Drells - (There's Gonna Be A) SHOWDOWN
Lois - Shy Town
Marty Robbins - El Paso
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers (my request)
posted by trashflow at 1:14 PM on March 18 [1 favorite]


Ha, trashflow, on the playlist chat they want to know who requested Volunteers!
posted by moonmilk at 1:18 PM on March 18


Set Three
George Harrison - What Is Life
Archie Bell & The Drells - (There's Gonna Be A) SHOWDOWN
Lois - Shy Town
Marty Robbins - El Paso
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers (my request)
Righteous Brothers/ Mitch Ryder - Little Latin Lupe Lu

Yes, "Volunteers" was my request!
posted by trashflow at 1:19 PM on March 18 [1 favorite]


Great request, trashflow! Cool that they played it.
posted by nixxon at 1:20 PM on March 18


Set Four
Neil Young - Like A Hurricane
Patty and Mildred J. Hill - Happy Birthday To You
The Left Banke - Walk Away, Renée
James Brown - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Soft Boys - Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole (w/ Todd-O-Phonic Todd)
posted by trashflow at 1:42 PM on March 18


Who is that playing with them? It looks bizarrely like Bob Odenkirk. Can't get a good look at his face because he's sitting with his back to the cameras.
posted by Automocar at 2:08 PM on March 18


It's Bruce Bennett
posted by nixxon at 2:11 PM on March 18 [1 favorite]


Set Five
The Beatles - Get Back
Prince - When You Were Mine
The Byrds - So You Want to Be a Rock'n'Roll Star
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts/ The Arrows - I Love Rock'n'Roll
Sonic Youth - Expressway To Yr. Skull
posted by trashflow at 2:15 PM on March 18


Set Six
Link Wray -Rumble
Teenage Fanclub - The Concept
REM - Don't Go Back To Rockville
The Move / Cheap Trick - California Man
posted by trashflow at 2:48 PM on March 18 [1 favorite]


This has been a great show. The new space is a big improvement.
posted by roll truck roll at 2:57 PM on March 18


"Sister Ray"? That's just mean.
posted by Automocar at 3:00 PM on March 18 [1 favorite]


So good. Don't stop, guys!
posted by Capt. Renault at 3:02 PM on March 18


Set Seven (still needs help)
Elvis Presley - Burning Love
Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
Velvet Underground - Sister Ray medley
w/ The Carpenters - Top of the World; "green light" (?); Velvet Underground - I'm Set Free; John Prine - Everything Is Cool; Beatles - Got To Get You Into My Life; nice try Carlos J; T Rex - 20th Century Boy; The Pixies - I've Been Tired; Ian and Sylvia Tyson - Four Strong Winds, mixed w/ The Kinks - Powerman; Yo La Tengo - I Was The Fool Beside You For Too Long; Roxy Music - Mother of Pearl; Sniff'n'The Tears - Driver's Seat; Slade - I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen; Jandek - You Painted Your Teeth (?); "It starts with just a little, just like Mike Love says" (?); The Smiths; Abba - Take A Chance On Me; Rockpile (Nick Lowe) - Heart of the City; Rolling Stones - Let's Spend The Night Together; Chuck Berry / John Cale - Memphis Tennessee; Blue Öyster Cult - Godzilla; "Neveroo is it true" (?).
posted by trashflow at 3:52 PM on March 18


After comparing notes with Ira Kaplan, I think this is the final, authoritative version of this year's set list:

Set One

Huey "Piano" Smith - Don't You Just Know It
Paul McCartney - Baby I'm Amazed
The Cosmic Rays (Sun Ra) - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie
Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song (Day O)
The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction

Set Two
Dion - Runaround Sue
The Kinks - Stop Your Sobbing
Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream
Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love?
The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

Set Three
George Harrison - What Is Life
Archie Bell & The Drells - (There's Gonna Be A) SHOWDOWN
Lois - Shy Town
Marty Robbins - El Paso
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers (my request)
Righteous Brothers/ Mitch Ryder - Little Latin Lupe Lu

Set Four

Neil Young - Like A Hurricane
Patty and Mildred J. Hill - Happy Birthday To You
The Left Banke - Walk Away, Renée
James Brown - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Soft Boys - Wey Wey Hep Uh Hole (w/ Todd-O-Phonic Todd)

Set Five

The Beatles - Get Back
Prince - When You Were Mine
The Byrds - So You Want to Be a Rock'n'Roll Star
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts/ The Arrows - I Love Rock'n'Roll
Sonic Youth - Expressway To Yr. Skull

Set Six
Link Wray -Rumble
Teenage Fanclub - The Concept
REM - Don't Go Back To Rockville
The Move / Cheap Trick - California Man

Set Seven
Elvis Presley - Burning Love
Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
Velvet Underground - Sister Ray medley
w/ The Carpenters - Top of the World; NRBQ - Green Lights; Velvet Underground - I'm Set Free; Pylon - Cool; Beatles - Got To Get You Into My Life; MC Solaar track with French cuss word (nice try Carlos J); T Rex - 20th Century Boy; The Pixies - I've Been Tired; Ian and Sylvia Tyson - Four Strong Winds, mixed w/ The Kinks - Powerman; Yo La Tengo - I Was The Fool Beside You For Too Long; Roxy Music - Mother of Pearl; Sniff'n'The Tears - Driver's Seat; Slade - I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen; Jandek - You Painted Your Teeth; Beach Boys - Here Today; The Smiths; Abba - Take A Chance On Me; Rockpile (Nick Lowe) - Heart of the City; Rolling Stones - Let's Spend The Night Together; Chuck Berry / John Cale - Memphis Tennessee; Blue Öyster Cult - Godzilla; T Rex - Metal Guru.

Highlights IMHO: Stop Your Sobbing, Banana Boat Song, Shake Some Action, Rumble, and Volunteers
posted by trashflow at 12:25 PM on March 19 [3 favorites]


Thank you for your service, trashflow!
posted by nixxon at 1:40 PM on March 19


See you next year!
posted by wheelieman at 7:34 PM on March 19 [1 favorite]


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